The State of The American Dog

“America is two countries now—the country of its narrative and the country of its numbers, with the latter sitting in judgment of the former. In the stories we tell ourselves, we are nearly always too good: too soft on criminals, too easy on terrorists, too lenient with immigrants, too kind to animals. In the stories told by our numbers, we imprison, we drone, we deport, and we euthanize with an easy conscience and an avenging zeal.”

“We are not a pure country or a country that values purity. We are a country of adoption, a country of rescues, a country of mutts. At least that’s how we like to think of ourselves. But we are also a country that likes to create idylls of its own good intentions and then penalize what doesn’t fit.”

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Disney Divests from Boy Scouts

It’s a small world after all, which is why word travels fast when you maintain anti-gay policies. Walt Disney Co. will not be donating at all to the Boy Scouts of America in 2015 because of the group’s rule banning gay leaders. Before the decision, Disney had provided small grants to local troops and donated money to the Scouts in exchange for its employees’ volunteer hours with the group. “We believe every child deserves the opportunity to be a part of the scouting experience and we are disappointed in this,” said Boy Scouts spokesman Deron Smith.

Source: DailyBeast

Hate Crime Victimization Statistics Show Rise in Anti-Hispanic Crime

The Bureau of Justice Statistics report on 2012 hate crimes exposes an alarming rise in attacks on a population made up of more than 53 million: Hispanics.
Attacks against the Hispanic community have more than tripled in a year according to an official report released by the Bureau of Justice Statistics. The Hate Crime Victimizations report, a Census-driven study, shows an alarming rise in violent anti-Hispanic crime from 0.6 per 1,000 persons age 12 or older in 2011, to 2.0 per 1,000 in 2012.

The overall total of nonfatal and property hate crime victimizations for the entire study, 293,800, isn’t statistically different to 2004 (the first year for which there is data), however. In other words: the number of hate crimes hasn’t changed—the targets have.

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Lesbian Heiress Rejects Millions

In a letter to her tycoon father, Gigi Chao rejected his offer of $65 million to find a husband. Chao wrote that her father should accept her partner, Sean Eav, and “treat her like a normal, dignified human being.” Demonstrating a good sense of humor about the situation, Chao apologized to her father, saying, “I’m sorry to mislead you to think I was only in a lesbian relationship because there was a shortage of good, suitable men in Hong Kong.” Cecil Chao, her father, has himself never married.

January 29, 2014 7:07 AM

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Morocco Amends Rape-Marriage Law

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In 2012, a 16-year-old girl poisoned herself after being forced to marry her rapist. Now, finally, Morocco’s Islamist-led government has amended the penal code allowing rapists of underage girls the ability to avoid prosecution by marrying their victims. In rural areas, a woman who has been raped was seen as unfit for marriage, so marrying the rapist was believed to address that problem. Rights groups estimate that one women in four in Morocco is the victim of violence.

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Plight of slave maid who was beaten everyday for eight months

Tortured: Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, 22, was left unable to walk following eight months of abuse at the hands of her employers. Photo – Reuters, AP

Thousands of domestic helpers took to the streets of Hong Kong yesterday to demand justice for an Indonesian maid who was allegedly enslaved and tortured by her employers for eight months.

Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, 22, was reportedly left unable to walk following eight months of abuse in the southern Chinese city and was admitted to an Indonesian hospital in critical condition last week after returning home.

Details of her torture has sparked widespread anger across Hong Kong, and yesterday a second Indonesian domestic helper came forward to claim that she had suffered similar beatings and death threats at the hands of the same employers in 2010.

Made to sleep on the floor, Erwiana said she worked 21-hour shifts, had no days off, was fed just a single bowl of rice a day and was beaten constantly, sometimes for no apparent reason at all.

Finally, when her injuries had become so severe that she could no longer work, her boss bought her a ticket home, gave her 70 Hong Kong dollars (£5.50) and dumped her at Honk Kong airport, making her swear never to mention what had happened to her.

‘She told me that she knew a lot of people in Indonesia and if I said anything she would have my parents killed,’ Erwiana told Al Jazeera, surrounded by her family in a hospital bed in Sragen, Central Java.

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Fined a million for having 3 kids

I didn’t know this policy is still going on in China, but isn’t it against human rights to limit how many one can have children? Sure they have poverty and population problem in China, but shouldn’t they raise the limit when one can afford to rear more than one?
Not only its the cause for secret abortions, baby killing or clogging them in toilets/ dumping in rivers. I’ve read somewhere that they now not allow couples to determine sex before birth because they often opt for termination if its a female fetus. But forcing that couple to only have one child of a sex they don’t want may lead to abuse.

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Zhang Yimou, the popular director of movies including Hero and House of Flying Daggers, has been fined $1 million for violating China’s one-child policy. The fine was tabulated based on Zhang and his wife’s income, leaving them 30 days to pay it. Zhang is also known for directing the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony. The policy, which was introduced in the 1970’s, will be relaxed for for couples that include parents who were an only child.

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